A narrow path

Lanterns and a sign board.

Grab a drink after visiting Hozenji Temple.

Hozenji-Yokocho is a narrow bar street located next to the Hozenji Temple to the north. It started around the Edo period (1603-1868), targeting shrine visitors and audiences who go to see the playhouse. There are many bars and restaurants that serve sushi, okonomiyaki, tonkatsu, and many other delicious foods. The street was burnt down from a fire in 2002 and another fire that broke out in the neighborhood. Local people created this street and maintain it’s nostalgic Edo period scenery.

The street that is loved by artists.

The restaurant that became famous after its novel.

The Street that is loved by artists

It’s no exaggeration to say that Hozenji-Yokocho prospered through literature. The street used to be called “Gokuraku-Kouji”, but the current name was named after Japanese author Kouen Hasegawa’s (1904-1977) novel “Hozenji-Yokocho”, released in 1943. There is also a lot of literature and music associated with this street. Shoubentangotei (正弁丹吾亭), one restaurant located on this street appeared in Sakunosuke Oda’s (1913-1947) novel “Meoto Zenzai”. If you carefully look around the street, you’ll find memorial statues of authors who are associated with Hozenji-Yokocho.

Mizukake Fudo-son

A visitor sprinkling water over it.

True or not true? Dreams come true by sprinkling water over the Fudo-son statue!

Hozenji is interesting because it’s located in right middle of the bar street.
It is interesting to see how Japanese life was closely connected to the temple at the time, because of the way bars, restaurants, and playhouses are mixed together in one place. Hozenji Temple is also known as “Mizukake Fudo-son”. There’s always visitors’ sprinkling water over the statue. People do this make a wish for love, business, and many other things. It will be very hot for the Fudo-son statue in the coming season, so please splash some cool water over it so that your dreams come true!

A mossy statue


1-2-16 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka city, Osaka

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Address 1-2-16 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka city, Osaka
Access 5 min walk from Namba station. 10 min walk from Kintetsu Osaka Namba station.
Website http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~houzenji/